Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal

Day 413 – September 7, 2012

I’m guessing there will be a great deal of plants with this week’s theme from WordPress, which is renewal.

Add one more to that list.

Early September south of the Equator means spring is a few weeks away. Before the season changes, the municipal workers in our district are hard at work preparing the greenery.

Who am I kidding? Regardless of the season these folk are always hard at work.

This end-of-winter task involves laying down new grass on traffic islands and planting bright flowers along those same medians. It also includes trimming the trees and shrubs so that all the old growth can be pruned away to make way for the new buds and shoots just itching to come out and enjoy the vernal sunshine (when it decides to take its sweet ol’ time to arrive).

The workers maintain the trees on traffic islands in steps so that as one drives down the road, one can see a progression. Sort of like watching a time-lapse video from the comfort of your car.

We take some typical trees (please contact your local botanist or use the Leafsnap app to identify the variety)…

Trees on traffic island in La Molina, Peru

The Before Picture

…give them a haircut and leave the debris, and…

Trees on traffic island in La Molina, Peru

The During Picture

voila! Neatly coiffed shrubbery ready to show off their springtime colors.

Trees on traffic island in La Molina, Peru

The After Picture

All done for the renewal of the flora around Lima.

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Posted on November 9, 2012, in Peru, Photography and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. That’s what my wife would call ‘man pruning’ – I always cut too much!

    • Based on the fact that women are the majority of the workers who do the maintenance on the traffic islands (at least according to the figures of my grossly unscientific survey of simply observing), your description may not fit here.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  2. Very creative before-during-after series!

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